Who is KCASS?
Scotland’s Kinship Care Advice Service (KCASS) is funded by the Scottish Government with the purpose of delivering the best possible support to kinship families who play a critical role in providing secure, stable and nurturing homes for children who cannot be cared for by their birth parents.
The service is a collaboration that brings together the skills and experience of three organisations, AFKA Scotland, Adoption UK Scotland and CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group).
What does KCASS do?
Services and resources provided by KCASS include:
- training workshops for kinship carers and professionals to raise awareness and offer support on a variety of topics suggested by members.
- an advisory group for kinship carers which supports KCASS to incorporate the lived experience into the service and advocate for change.
- a Kinship Practitioners Forum with the aim of sharing and highlighting good practice to practitioners across Scotland.
- Hosting Kinship Care Week on an annual basis which aims to raise the profile of kinship care in Scotland.
- A dedicated KCASS helpline with experienced advisers who take calls from kinship carers in any situation about any topic from benefits to emotional support:
KCASS Helpline: 0300 666 0006 (Monday-Friday 10am-2.30pm)
- Service email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- KCASS Helpline: 0300 666 0006 (Monday-Friday 10am-2.30pm)
- Practitioner enquiries: Contact Anne Thom, Kinship Care Consultant
- KCASS Address:
Great Michael House
14 Links Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ
0131 526 3240